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Writing From the Heart

 

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

 

When I began my writing journey, I had very romantic notions. Wow, was I a blithering idiot. The thing I was least prepared for is how emotionally draining it could be.

 

I guess if you write about nothing but happy things, it might be more pleasant. Unfortunately for me, that’s not my style. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a happy ending. Those are my favorite. But, what is a happy ending without some heartache to make you appreciate it better? That’s where the real fun is and makes me think of Ernest Hemingway’s brilliant words, quoted above.

 

In my opinion, the only way to write realistically about something is to dig up your own memories. Have I gone through anything as horrific as my characters? Thankfully no, but like most people, I’ve had my share of heartbreak and tragedy. These are the painful memories I use to relate to how my characters are feeling. I’d never realized how useful they would be one day. I’m still not happy I had them, but at least now they are useful, instead of just clogging up my psyche.

 

So my advice to anyone that’s thinking of writing is, be prepared to go digging for skeletons. It’s the past wounds that you endured that will make your stories sing, or cry depending on the book.

 

thekeepersnewtext2Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of objects floating around her.

 

One Day ago, Jo’s sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.

 

Today, Cormac ordered her shot.

 

If he’s real lucky, she won’t die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.

 

The first five chapters are available here.

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Interview and Giveaway with Dawna Raver

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Today, we are joined by Dawna Raver, author of The Colour Wielders Series.

 

What made you decide to write fantasy? I love the freedom you have with fantasy. You’re not confined to the possible. Plus, magic is just cool. :)

Your books aren’t easily categorized. If you could create a genre that fit them perfectly, what would it be called and why?

I guess romantic, new adult, fantasy. All of my stories center around main characters who are between 21-28 years old.

What made you start writing?

I was recovering from surgery and was bored out if my skull. So, I sat down and started making notes about an old memory. Four years later, Colour Wielders was complete.

What type of books do you read? Do you have time to read anymore?

The only way I’m able to keep up with reading is because of audiobooks. I adore them. Without them, I’d be way behind. I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and erotica. Right now, I’m listening to Real by Katy Evans. Loving it so far.

What authors were your biggest influence?

JK Rowling, Karen Moning, Jim Butcher, and JR Ward.

What was the last book that blew your socks off?

I’d have to say Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. That book busted me up!
 

New release by Dawna Raver. Severed Colours, Book 2, A Colour Wielders Novel.

 

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The epic continues…

Quinn Sinclair trusted Arik Morgaine until he betrayed her. Scared and alone, she finds herself delivered into the hands of the evil Morgana le Fay. When Quinn discovers Morgana’s plans are beyond demented and seriously depraved—making life with the Changeling seem like a day at the beach—she wonders if death is a better option?

Arik Morgaine vowed he’d save Quinn no matter the price. When his well thought out plans go terribly awry, a desperate and heartbroken Arik is forced to beg the cruel Triarchia for help. Unwilling to go on without his Älskling, he answers a question that irrevocably alters their lives.

Can Arik and Quinn find a way back to each other, or will the price of saving her rip them apart forever?

New Adult. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.

Purchase at Amazon now!

 

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Home for the Holidays Hop

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Home for the holidays hop

November 13th – November 18th

 

 

 

Grand Prize Shopping Spree: $450+ Gift Card or

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Second Place Grand Prize: (1) E-Book from every

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To enter, comment on the homepage of the blog hop here. Comment on this blog with your email address for an additional entry.

As a huge cheesecake fan, I make one for every holiday. This is my favorite recipe

New York Cheesecake

Crust

  1. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus room-temperature butter for pan
  2. 12 graham crackers 
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Filling

  1. 2 1/2 pounds bar cream cheese, room temperature (I always use Philadelphia) 
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. (I cheat on this and skip the lemon zest. You can also use vanilla instead of lemon.)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  5. 4 large eggs, room temperature
  6. 1 cup sour cream, room temperature

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make crust: Butter a 9-by-3-inch springform pan. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until fine crumbs form; add melted butter, sugar, and salt, and pulse to combine. Press crumb mixture into bottom and about 1 inch up side of pan. Bake until set, 12 to 15 minutes; let cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 325 degrees.

Set a kettle of water to boil. Make filling: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium until fluffy, scraping down side of bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Beat in lemon zest and juice, and salt. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down side of bowl after each addition. Beat in sour cream.

Wrap bottom half of pan in foil. Pour in filling; place in a roasting pan. Pour in boiling water to come halfway up side of springform. Bake until just set in center, about 1 3/4 hours. Remove pan from water; let cool 20 minutes. Run a paring knife around edge; let cool completely. Cover; chill overnight before serving.

This is a recipe from Martha Stewart. I’d like to add that I think the most important part of making a cheesecake is not overcooking it. If it starts to crack, it’s over cooking. The surface should remain level. I typically check to whether my cheesecake is cooked by tapping on the pan. You want the inner 2-3″ in diameter to still jiggle when you stop cooking.

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My ebook contribution is an ecopy of the keepers.

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Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of objects floating around her.

 

One Day ago, Jo’s sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.

 

Today, Cormac ordered her shot.

 

If he’s real lucky, she won’t die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.

Check out the rest of the participating sites and gain extra entries.

 

 

 

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  I thought I could be a hero. That was before I helped destroy the world. Now, as I stand among the rubble of what used to be, I wonder how we’re ever going to pick up the pieces. Everyday is a struggle, and people are getting desperate. Creatures that never should have existed are picking away at the dwindling numbers of the human race. And the knowledge that could be our salvation lies with the senator who reigns supreme on the other half of the globe.

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Shattered Blurb and Cover, Alchemy Book #3

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Alchemy Series, Book #3 Coming Soon!

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I wanted to let everyone know that book #3 of The Alchemy Series, Shattered, will be hitting the shelves shortly. It will be out by the end of this month!

To celebrate its release, I’m planning some fun events. I’ll be doing plenty of giveaways. Www.ISmellSheep.com will be hosting a giveaway for a needle felted wolf that I sculpted on the 28th of November. They’ll be a tutorial posted along with it for anyone that is interested in the felting process. The giveaway will also include an Amazon gift card and book giveaways.

I’ll keep everyone posted as more dates are firmed up!

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